Countries Aren’t Committing to Children

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.

The under-5 mortality rate is down 60% worldwide, but the poorest children are still 2X as likely to die of preventable causes, according to a report released today by the Joining Forces coalition.

Despite these glaring gaps, just a handful of nations have accepted the UN’s invitation to double down on their commitment to children’s rights, ReliefWeb reports.

Some factors holding back progress:

  • Most countries spend well under the 5-6% of GDP required to lock in essential health services.
  • There’s also a lot of bad data, forcing countries to rely on averages that don’t home in on children’s specific needs.
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